27 Feb 18 Snowmobile Trail Conditions Report: The Forks, Maine February 27
We received 3” of snow on Sunday. Trails are still thin in some spots. Groomers are out doing what we can with what we have. Good news is that the trails are hard and flat. Bad news is that there are icy spots, with some bare ground in places. Trails are all passable. Some sections are good, some are poor where you have to “bob & weave” to stay on snow. Certainly not mid-winter conditions but, if you want to get out and ride and enjoy the scenery, you can. Just be careful out there.
ITS 86 FROM BERRYS STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE
In town section is beat up, but passable. Once out of town a couple miles, things improve somewhat. Some bare spots and ice till the Boise Road. Hodges Road section around Mosquito Mountain has a number of bare spots and ice. Again, all passable with some “bobbing & weaving”. The 1 mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is rough. There is a 1 mile section of plowed road around Moxie Pond . . . . . . very icy and scratchy through there. Snow conditions are good from Moxie Pond all the way to the ITS 88 intersection and on to Greenville.
ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM
Some corners on the Divide Road section are getting bare. The riding south to the Caratunk Spur is ok. From the spur south is thin in spots with ice. The 1 mile windswept section on the south side of Moxie Mountain is bare and icy, but passable off to the side.
BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL
Good snow cover. Groomed with nice going all the way through.
PLEASANT POND TRAIL
Good snow cover. Groomed all the way to the Bingham Wind Farm Trail.
Open and groomed.
KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL
Open all the way from Northern Outdoors to West Forks. Just a very few bare corners. The big hill off the Flood Road is icy . . . . Get a good head of steam going up it and keep to the side.
***To travel from The Forks to Greenville, the recommended route is ITS 87 south to the Pleasant Pond Trail. Go east on the Pleasant Pond Trail then head north on the Bald Mountain Trail to ITS 86. Then head east on ITS 86 to Greenville. This is a little longer than taking ITS 86 all the way. But the snow cover and riding conditions are much better. You will avoid the 4 miles of thin snow cover on the Hodges Road section of ITS 86 around Mosquito Mountain. Also avoids the Power Line section and 1 mile of plowed road around Moxie Pond.
Day riders, there is a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The large parking lot is plowed with plenty of room for snowmobile trailers and groomed access to all trails. The Park & Ride lot is marked with a large sign on Route 201, 1/4 mile south of Northern Outdoors. Snowmobile trail maps, 91 octane ethanol-free gas, and great food are available at Northern Outdoors.
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